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Dayton Pride Celebrations To Kick Off This Weekend

LGBT Center Dayton

Starting Friday, June 5th, the Dayton LGBT Center and other groups will host a series of events during the city's annual gay pride celebration. The events will continue through Sunday.  In this interview with WYSO's Jerry Kenney, LGBT Center board member RJ McKay gives details on each event and talks about how the event continues to grow in Dayton each year.

According to McKay, the center made significant progress in growing the event this year when PNC Bank stepped in as a major sponsor. They also added a new event into the weekend's festivities with an "An Affair On The Square" beer and food truck rally on Friday afternoon and evening. Dayton's celebrated Rubi Girls will headline the event.

On Saturday, Pride events continue with a morning breakfast at MJ's on Jefferson and the annual parade through downtown Dayton, ending once again at Courthouse Square for an afternoon of entertainment, food and beverages, and more than fifty vendor booths.

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The Dayton Gay Men's Chorus rehearse "Officer Krupke" from West Side Story.

At 8pm, Saturday, the Dayton Gay Men's Chorus will perform its annual pride concert.  This year's performance of "Center Stage: A Broadway Review" will feature special guest, Grammy Award winning performer Jennifer Holliday, one of Broadway's original Dreamgirls.

Dayton Pride 2015 wraps up on Sunday morning with a brunch at Wheat Penny Oven & Bar. Full details on these events can be found on the LGBT Center homepage.

Jerry began volunteering at WYSO in 1991 and hosting Sunday night's Alpha Rhythms in 1992. He joined the YSO staff in 2007 as Morning Edition Host, then All Things Considered. He's hosted Sunday morning's WYSO Weekend since 2008 and produced several radio dramas and specials . In 2009 Jerry received the Best Feature award from Public Radio News Directors Inc., and was named the 2023 winner of the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors Best Anchor/News Host award. His current, heart-felt projects include the occasional series Bulletin Board Diaries, which focuses on local, old-school advertisers and small business owners. He has also returned as the co-host Alpha Rhythms.